Winnie: A Long Table Conversation and Installation
"Winnie: A Long Table Conversation and Installation" is reverently held on South Africa's Freedom Day -Friday, April 27, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Registration is $15.
"Winnie" is new to the "At the Crossroads: Activating the Intersection of Art and Justice" event calendar. It is a critical addition, added because of the recent death of Winnie Mandikizela Mandela on April 2, 2018.
Though many consider her to be the mother of post-apartheid South Africa, Winnie Mandelas death was marked like that of a long forgotten, childhood celebrity. That is in stark contrast to the way the father of post-apartheid South Africa - Nelson Mandela's death was marked in 2013.
Her legacy as the mother of a nation has an asterisk because of allegations of brutality, corruption, and infidelity. According to a former member of the South African National Intelligence Service in the documentary "Winnie," the character assassination of Winnie Mandikizela Mandela was as cynical as it was damaging. At first, they underestimated her, but when they learned what a powerful leader she was, it became the Afrikaner governments primary counterrevolutionary strategy to destroy her.
Another more womanist perspective of Winnie Mandela is that she was a fierce and heroic warrior, who successfully fought for the liberation of her people, the futures of her daughters as well as release of her incarcerated husband.
Which begs the question, shouldnt she, at the very least, be as celebrated for her single-minded determination and fierceness as the women in "Black Panther's" fictional Dora Milaje?
But we dont live in Wakanda. In the real world, can a black woman be both the mother of nation and a fierce warrior? Can a respectable woman lead a successful revolution? Can the wife of martyr and global freedom icon Nelson Mandela cheat and still keep her identity as the mother of a nation intact?
These are some of the questions and thoughts that inspired "At the Crossroads" founder and producer Rachel DeGuzman to present "Winnie" and that may come up at the Long Table. But the artistic provocation for this long table is set in America and much more contemporary.
The "Winnie" Long Table program is the most experimental to date. It features a new play- "Things Went Horribly Wrong," by New York City based playwright Sarita Covington who will read the play live, along with a couple of other actors. This theatrical reading will be Skyped it in from New York City and projected like the films, on a screening wall, at other Long Tables. (More about Sarita here - https://www.saritacovington.com/)
Covington will then remotely join the conversation at the Long Table at Gallery Seventy Four.
About "Things Went Horribly Wrong":
What does Winnie Mandela have in common with a 14-year-old girl from the Lower East Side of NYC? Perhaps everything. Intersections and surprising interdependent relationships reveal themselves in a suspenseful new one act play that spans time and place to explore what happens during revolutions. Particularly when they go astray.
About "At the Crossroads: Activating the Intersection of Art and Justice":
In an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. noted the most segregated hour in America was 11 am on Sunday morning -a day and time in 1960 when most Christians were at worship in church. Unfortunately, US churches arent significantly more integrated today, and in Upstate New York, art/culture sector.
"At the Crossroads: Activating the Intersections of Art and Justice," which was founded by Rachel DeGuzman and is produced by her company 21st Century Arts with collaboratives of organizers, began with a singular event, but has evolved into an ongoing initiative. Employing various forms of performance, presentation, organizing, and engagement coupled with entrepreneurial, innovative and experiential approaches this initiative will help to expand the regional anti-racism movement that is rigorously underway in other sectors of our community to the art and culture landscape.
Gallery Seventy Four (View)
215 Tremont Street (Door 3/3rd Floor)
Rochester, NY 14618
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